When geese find expansive lawns there is a clear view of potential predators. It is there that they will congregate because the plan of escape is back into the water. The waterfront owner’s goal then, is to break up the large groups of geese and take away safe plentiful habitat. Some ways include a line of string across shoreline (at the right height); electric fences (the wire must be make contact at the breast bone); letting the dog out; and most importantly, managing property with a buffer strip of vegetation to cut off geese’s view of your property from the water. The higher and thicker the buffer, the more geese are intimidated to cross. It takes time to create a sufficient buffer for early spring when geese are looking for nesting sights yet, if property owners commit for the long term, the numbers of geese will drop off over time. The buffer needs to be 3 metres deep and the best approach includes a winding path to or from the buffer.
What has your experience been for managing problem geese?